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Old 08-11-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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I'm possibly relocating to Houston to work.

I would be working for an Oil related engineering firm based in the Energy Corridor/Downtown Houston

My wife and i have 2 yound children (aged 2, aged 10 months).

I 've been told to look at West Houston as this would be closest to my work.

I've been looking on HAR.COM at areas such as Memorial, West, Bellaire West and River Oaks.

I'd be looking to pay up to $4000 a month maximum.

I'd want a short commute to work and a family friendly neighbourhood.

What areas would you suggest to rent a home to suit my work location and young children ?
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Hi Portsoy, and welcome to Houston! We have quite a sweet little group of Scots here (Heather & Thistle Society (http://www.heatherandthistle.org/index.html - broken link)), and each year there is a Highlands Festival in west Houston. The Society begins meetings/events again in September (they take off for two months during the summer).

As far as neighborhoods, you have been pointed in the right direction. I myself live in the area. I would stick with Wilchester, Nottingham, Yorkshire, Gaywood, Rustling Oaks, Westchester, Memorial Plaza, Memorial Valley, Memorial Way, Memorial Glen, and Memorial Bend. On HAR.com, these neighborhoods will be found in the 77079 zip code. On the other side of the Beltway is the 77024 zip code and there are lovely neighborhoods all throughout with great schools as well. Try running each of those zips and you'll see what is available for lease. If you see something interesting, let us know, one of us here surely can give you some info!

Good luck and again, welcome to Houston.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:46 AM
 
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Hi Portsoy, We moved from Aberdeen about 11 weeks ago and so far we are loving it - apart from the melting weather. When we first came over for a pre-relo visit we looked North West so a bit further out than you are looking at. There are lots of lovely communities with great facilities. We eventually had to go SW (Pearland) as DH's work moved to the East side of Houston. Send me a PM if you or your wife have any specific questions that we might be able to help with.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Buckeye
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Between the energy corridor and downtown there is a difference. Zip code 77077 is in the middle of the energy corridor. River Oaks is close to downtown. If we knew the street location of the company you are going to work for, we could give you more informations. If your company is on the west side in the energy corridor, I would forget about River Oaks if you want a short commute.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Hi Portsoy, and welcome to Houston! We have quite a sweet little group of Scots here (Heather & Thistle Society (http://www.heatherandthistle.org/index.html - broken link)), and each year there is a Highlands Festival in west Houston. The Society begins meetings/events again in September (they take off for two months during the summer).

As far as neighborhoods, you have been pointed in the right direction. I myself live in the area. I would stick with Wilchester, Nottingham, Yorkshire, Gaywood, Rustling Oaks, Westchester, Memorial Plaza, Memorial Valley, Memorial Way, Memorial Glen, and Memorial Bend. On HAR.com, these neighborhoods will be found in the 77079 zip code. On the other side of the Beltway is the 77024 zip code and there are lovely neighborhoods all throughout with great schools as well. Try running each of those zips and you'll see what is available for lease. If you see something interesting, let us know, one of us here surely can give you some info!

Good luck and again, welcome to Houston.

What Mom2F said. Lot's of Expats in that area.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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West of Houston may be closer to downtown but the commute is bad. 610/10 is one of the worst intersections in the USA. You may want to look at Pearland to the South or Kingwood/Atascosita to the North. Both of these areas have several engineer/oil inductry folks living there.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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Consider eastern edges of Katy like Kelliwood - at least the very west side of Houston like Green Trails. We're expats from England and have been here 6 years. Love it, expats are pretty normal although you will hear "I love your accent" a lot but that's just folks being friendly! We've found it much more kid and family oriented than the UK ever was! The first summer is the worse, then your blood thins and you'll tolerate it better. COnsider getting a house with a pool, it makes the heat so much more bareable!

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Old 02-28-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Cypress
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Default har.com is a great place to find homes

Welcome to Houston. You are the correct site har.com is the best.

There are great homes for that price all over Houston but I would find out where you are working first .. because the traffic can be bad. . You will have more options the far you get from downtown.

Like the other blogger stated, it is a great place to live , with great schools, GET A POOL because it is hot in the Summer.

Good luck
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I'm possibly relocating to Houston to work.

I would be working for an Oil related engineering firm based in the Energy Corridor/Downtown Houston

My wife and i have 2 yound children (aged 2, aged 10 months).

I 've been told to look at West Houston as this would be closest to my work.

I've been looking on HAR.COM at areas such as Memorial, West, Bellaire West and River Oaks.

I'd be looking to pay up to $4000 a month maximum.

I'd want a short commute to work and a family friendly neighbourhood.

What areas would you suggest to rent a home to suit my work location and young children ?

Last edited by elnina; 02-28-2011 at 08:31 PM..
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